Are you getting too serious with your home decor? That's an honest question.  I know I'm guilty of being too serious... of working too hard at getting just the right furniture, window treatments, colors, style, texture, and art for our homes.  It's pretty serious business just choosing the "right" paint color. Today I'm going to nudge you to put a bit of whimsy in your home and, at least for summer, have fun with your home decor. Since it's summer and we often dream of spending time at the lake or ocean... I'm going to show you how to add a whimsical coastal touch, and some fun … [Read more...]

  Hello, friends!  Thanks for coming by! I know some of you are suffering from too much rain. Please know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Here in the mitten state, even though it did rain over the weekend, we haven't had nearly enough liquid precipitation.  Though I have to say, after a long gray winter the sunshine is so welcome.  It's great for garage sailing... I scored a few treasures that should be making an appearance on the blog... and today I transformed the lampshade of one of those great finds. I was in need of a new iron and God provided... not any iron... but top of the line Rowenta and … [Read more...]

  Hello friends!  Thanks for coming by! We had sunshine this weekend and even a wee bit of snow. I won't complain... because in a matter of weeks I'll be melting from the heat.  What I am loving... all the pretty flowering trees, bushes, and spring bulbs! It's simply glorious! I guess that's why I'm so excited about these features from last week's link party.  You're going to LOVE these fun and pretty floral crafts to make and dress up your home... Check out these extraordinary blogs and be inspired to.... Make some Pretty Floral Crafts How to make Bendy Flowers by Heart Handmade UK Faux … [Read more...]

  I don't know about you... but when the weather warms up and the seasons change, I can't wait to get DIYing around the house.  In fact, I've got a fun project underway right now. If you've got the itch to make something beautiful for your home, you're going to LOVE the features from this week's Project Inspire{d}!  Be sure to pin your favorites, too.     Creative Home Decor DIY Ideas to Inspire You   DIY Geometric Globe Pendant Light :: Atta Girl Says Colander Flower Planter :: Two Twenty One DIY Picture Frame Collage Chalkboard :: Giggles Galore Magnolia Market Inspired … [Read more...]

  Have you checked the calendar lately?  It's April and it's supposed to be spring.  How can that be true if I'm wearing my winter parka and writing with a big fluffy blanket across my lap?  It must be a bad dream and I'll wake up from it, any moment.  In the meantime, I'm going to concentrate on creating something beautiful today and at the end of the day looking back to answer the question, "Where did I see God today?"  One thing is for sure... doing just those two things will make cold days warm and happy.  You know... we can't control a lot in life... but we can choose our happiness.  Hmmm...  I wrote … [Read more...]

  There's something so inviting about a pretty wreath gracing a front door. We all want to have beautiful, warm, welcoming homes.  But getting there... can sometimes be a challenge.     Do you ever watch Fixer Upper or some other home show and think, "She makes that look so easy."  "Everything is so beautifully and artfully arranged." or "I wish I could do that." You know what?  You can! It just takes a little practice. The first time I arranged flowers, created a wreath, or plied my hand at some creative project... usually it was just okay. The great thing was... I … [Read more...]

  With St. Patrick's Day just around the corner I wanted to inspire you to create some mason jar happiness to dress up your little corner of the world.  And throw in a few riddles... just for fun!     What do you get when you cross poison ivy with a four-leaf clover? A rash of good luck.   Last year I received some lovely green Ball mason jars for a Mother's Day blog hop.  I also received blue, and purple, and clear jars, and never got around to doing anything with the green jars.  I knew I wanted to use them for St. Patrick's Day. My plan wasn't to do anything … [Read more...]

  You know how it goes... you're out shopping... on a hunt for something specific... and out of the blue... IT calls your name! How does IT even know your name? How does IT know you are a lover of all things earthy and natural? How does IT know you would LOVE a basket that can do double duty for St. Patrick's Day and Easter? Especially a lovely mossy Easter basket! How does that happen?         IT has been one busy but smart basket! I can't say that you'll have a basket speak to you like IT did me when you're out and about. But, on the … [Read more...]

    Do you celebrate St. Patrick's Day? I know you'll want to at least decorate a corner of your space with this Easy to Make St. Patrick's Day Basket.   With Swedish and Dutch roots, I had never gotten into the celebration of St. Patrick's Day.  In fact it was hardly on my radar... until I moved to Buffalo.  A large Irish community resides there. Many of my non-Irish friends became Irish for a day or weekend enjoying corned beef and cabbage, the big St. Patrick's Day parade, and of course the wearing of green. For some, it's a time to party and enjoy good food and drink. For … [Read more...]

Today we got a taste of spring! Sure... the wind was blowing 40-some-miles-per-hour.  However, the sun was shining and it was 50 degrees!  I know it's just a teaser, but it was a wonderful one and I got outside at lunchtime to push into the wind for an energizing walk. It felt great!!  And there's more sun in the forecast for tomorrow.  There just might be dancing in the street. When the sun finally comes out and a warm breeze blows, you can bet my creative juices start flowing. You, too?  I'm so excited by what you all brought to this week's party.  Such great ideas!  I bet you'll find at least one that … [Read more...]

  This year I'm going coastal for Christmas. My focus is Simple to Make Coastal Christmas Decor.   For this year's fabulous Home for the Holidays Blog Tour, hosted by my amazing friend, Sondra, I decided to focus on a little corner of my home where we spend a lot of time. It's filled with handmade Christmas items like this poinsettia pillow I created with a coastal flair.  And I put together a super easy tutorial so you can make your own coastal Christmas poinsettia pillow, too.  If this is your first time here... Welcome!  Be sure to take a minute to introduce yourself and sign up to receive more … [Read more...]

  Wouldn't you like to have a wreath that could transition from late fall through Thanksgiving to Christmas and into New Year's?  Me too! Whether you have space issues, time issues, or just want to be efficient in your use of resources, I think you'll love this stunning transitional wreath for Thanksgiving to Christmas and beyond! It has the earthiness of fall with the burlap colored ribbon and the sparkle of the holidays with the gold polka-dots.     My goal is always to make a big impact without spending oodles of time and money on a project, so I'm always keeping my eyes … [Read more...]

Looking for a way to give your tree a little sparkle this year? Try your hand at making these super quick and easy classy marbleized metallic Christmas ornaments.   As you know... I'm all about adding a personal touch to my home decor.  In my book, handmade always trumps store bought.  So it was just a natural thing for me to invite my blogging friends to join me for 31 days of sharing handmade Christmas ornaments.     I'm number 5 on the 31 Days of Handmade Christmas Ornament Blog Hop which runs October 1-31, 2015. I hope you've been inspired by the talents of my good … [Read more...]

Another super fast week for me... but not in posting new inspiration.  I've got a lot on my plate and because I'm no longer the "ever ready" bunny, I just can't seem to squeeze enough time out of the week.  So, please forgive me for just being around on the weekend.  I miss you hanging out with you here.  But, for brief snippets of daily inspiration, beauty, and all things extraordinary... be sure to jump on Facebook. Now it's time to show-off your Great Ideas from this week's Project Inspire{d} Link Party! I get really excited when I'm able to meet the challenge of using what I have at home either by … [Read more...]

This post contains affiliate links* As the seasons change, I like to feather my nest in small but big ways.  Creating little vignettes in the areas where we live, or major traffic areas in the house go a long way to making our homes and their inhabitants feel loved.  Today I have 5 easy steps to help you make a spring vignette. How to Put Together a Simple Spring Vignette.     First... Choose a theme for your vignette. Because we're so anxious for spring after a long cold winter and because we also want to give a nod to St. Patrick's Day, today we've chosen a green and white theme for … [Read more...]

How would you like to breathe new life into your home decor?  A quick and easy lampshade makeover can brighten your room, infuse it with color, or update your look.  Sometimes, it really is just that easy to freshen up a room.     Don't you love it when you come across a deal that's perfect for a project on your to-do list? One day I went to Lowe's on a mission. Of course, as long as I was there I just had to stroll down the lighting aisles. Even if I don't have a need, I just love to see, what's new in lighting.  That particular day, I noticed boxes of white lampshades in the aisle. … [Read more...]

Valentine's Day is just around the corner! The tree's been down and the house devoid of anything Christmas for about a month.  Though lovely with a bit of simple winter decor, with all the white and gray and brown outside, I'm hungry for color.  And since red is one of my favorite colors (I can't pick just one!!), and since I'm a wee bit of a romantic, I do have fun throwing some red around the house, with a few hearts, too. If you're feeling a little bit like me, you are ready for some no cost or low cost DIY Valentine's Day decorating ideas.  To make it easier for you, I've gone into the archives and … [Read more...]

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